Khmer Jungle Temples Extension

Exploring Angkor's Remote Temples

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $945  
Length: 3 days
Arrive: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lodging: 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level: Cultural explorations, walking tours
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Our Trips using this Extension


The Arc of the Sacred Symposium: Temples and Treasures of Cambodia

Choosing the Right Trip

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A rare opportunity to explore some remote Khmer “jungle” temples,  this special 3-day trip extension will be led by Max Holland.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1, February 5
Koh Ker / Beng Mealea / Roluos Group

A morning drive of more than two hours brings us to Koh Ker, the 10th century Khmer capital of King Jayavarman IV and formerly one of the most remote and inaccessible “jungle” temple sites in Cambodia. The site is vast—we visit several temples including the huge pyramid-shaped Prasat Thom, and in Koh Ker we can also see some of the largest linga ever sculpted in Cambodia! We continue on through rural country to jungle-draped Beng Mealea, a mysterious 12th century monument where nature has truly run riot. After a picnic lunch and a visit to the village nearby, we return to Siem Reap by way of the temples of the 9th century Roluos Group, the three brick temples of Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei, each distinguished by tall square-shaped brick towers on pedestals. These temples in Indravarman I’s capital city of Hariharalaya mark the dawn of Khmer classical art that endured for another 500 years. This evening we’ll enjoy a delicious Khmer dinner in town at Square 24 restaurant. Overnight at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort...BLD

Day 2, February 6
Kbal Spean

We  drive about 30 miles northeast of town to a trailhead where we begin our uphill hike along a scenic jungle trail for about 45-60 minutes (1½ miles) to a site called Kbal Spean (“The River of a Thousand Lingas”). Kbal Spean is a pilgrimage site that predates Angkor Wat by 200 years. Here, in the hard bedrock of the headwaters of the Siem Reap River, the ancient Khmer carved linga images (phallic shapes symbolizing Shiva), thus creating “holy water” for the Khmer empire. There are also several bas-relief carvings of Hindu deities in many of the boulders along the stream and between the waterfalls, and the site is a picturesque and protected area. We return to Siem Reap via the same route. This afternoon we will visit other less-touristed sites within Angkor, including a jungle walk along part of the massive outer moated wall of Angkor Thom. We enjoy a final Farewell Dinner in town. Overnight at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort…BLD

Day 3, February 7
Departure

Transfer to the airport for homeward-bound flights…B

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2015
$945 (10-16 members)
$1095 (6-9 members)
$1195 (4-5 members)
Single supplement: $330

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

Services of Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guide, accommodations, meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles, sightseeing as noted with entrance fees to all sites, bottled drinking water provided on tours and with meals, airport transfers for passengers departing on Day 3, gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff.

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Meals not specified (BLD) in this itinerary, additional beverages at restaurants or hotels, customary gratuities to Trip Leader, local guides, and drivers, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). 

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Set among lovely gardens and ponds, the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort will feel like an oasis of serenity after a full day exploring the temples of Angkor Wat. A combination of French and Khmer architecture, the hotel features tastefully decorated guest rooms with wooden floors, ceiling fans, soft linens and vibrant local silks, as well as a friendly staff. Set just 10 minutes from the Angkor Archaeological Park, the hotel features a spa, a huge free-form swimming pool, and a poolside Jacuzzi. There are three restaurants, including the Royal Court Terrace featuring nightly Khmer dance performances under the stars. 

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.